Dehydrated Food Recipes: Cooking with Dehydrated and Freeze Dried Foods

You will need to find some good dehydrated food recipes so that you can prepare delicious and satisfying meals once you have your stockpile of dehydrated food. Fortunately, you can find plenty of recipe options both online and in books. Most of these recipes are geared towards people who use dehydrated foods for camping, but they will also work in an emergency as long as you have the necessary equipment.


Before you make any dehydrated food recipes, you will need to rehydrate the food. All you need to do to rehydrate food is mix it with a liquid of some kind, usually water. However, if you have other liquids on hand, you can try using them to rehydrate. For example, many people find that soaking dehydrated fruit in fruit juice makes it taste better.

Other people like to soak their dehydrated vegetables in different types of meat stock to improve the flavor. Most of the time, rehydrating instructions are on the package, but keep in mind that you will probably need to soak your food for at least half an hour to get the best flavor and texture, so it’s best to plan ahead.


If you have small amounts of leftover dehydrated foods, you can turn them into a filling and healthy soup. To make soup, all you need to do is combine water or broth with your dry ingredients, soak it for about fifteen minutes, boil it for five minutes, and then let it simmer for an hour. This is one of those dehydrated food recipes that is a good idea if you have access to water, a pot and some kind of stove or heating element.

Chicken and Rice

This recipe is easy and uses things that you will probably already have in your stockpile. In a pan, heat up olive oil then add some garlic and dehydrated tomatoes. When that is heated up, add canned chicken, some water, chicken bouillon cubes and raisins if you have them. When that starts to boil, you can stir in your rice and cover it until the rice is cooked. When everything is cooked through, let it sit for about five minutes, then add spices depending on what you want and what you have on hand.

Tuna Casserole

Tuna casserole is a great tasting, popular food that people eat because it’s so filling. You can also get most of the ingredients in dehydrated form. Start out by cooking some type of noodles, it could be pasta, egg noodles, or whatever else you have. After rehydrating mushrooms, red or green peppers, and onions, cook them with some butter, olive oil, or shortening. Once the vegetables are cooked, remove them from the heat and stir in flour and powdered milk. Heat this up, then stir in some cheese until it melts. After the cheese melts, stir in the tuna and spices to taste, then pour it in a baking dish and cook it in the oven.

Dehydrated Food Recipes Books

You can find dehydrated food recipes in several different books, which you can purchase online or in bookstores. Popular recipe books include:

  • The Dehydrator Bible, which includes over 400 recipes, costs approximately $25, and also includes instructions on how to dehydrate foods.
  • Mary Bell’s Complete Dehydrator Cookbook, which costs approximately $20, offers over 100 recipes, and includes tips for readers who want to buy their own dehydrator.
  • Making and Using Dried Foods, which costs around $15 and has several recipes. This book is more of an introduction to dehydrated foods and is meant more for people who are just learning.

You can find all of these books online at Amazon and you can also find them in bookstores.

Once you’ve stockpiled your dehydrated foods, it can be overwhelming to figure out what to do with them. Fortunately, you can find plenty of dehydrated food recipes, both online and in books. With proper planning and preparation, cooking with dehydrated food is a new and fun experience.

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